Utah Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek has emerged as a candidate for vacant head coaching jobs in Philadelphia and Charlotte.

Hornacek could also become a factor in Phoenix’s search for a coach, which will get serious once the Suns name a new general manager.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the 76ers received permission from the Jazz to discuss their job with Hornacek, who spent two seasons in Philadelphia during his 14-year playing career. Other known candidates to replace Doug Collins as coach of the Sixers are Golden State assistant Mike Malone and Indiana assistant Brian Shaw.

In Charlotte, the Bobcats are looking to replace Mike Dunlap, who was fired two weeks ago after only one season.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that L.A. Lakers assistant Steve Clifford has become the sixth known candidate for the job — joining former Phoenix head coach Alvin Gentry and four other assistants: Cleveland’s Nate Tibbetts, Houston’s Kelvin Sampson, the Suns’ Elston Turner and Hornacek.